TPP-11 “down to the wire”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is now in Vietnam where Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are “down to the wire”,  reported to be near agreement but held up at the last minute by one country (not New Zealand).

RNZ earlier today: Ardern: TPP talks down to the wire

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived at the APEC summit saying talks to conclude the Trans Pacific Partnership are “down to the wire”.

Trade ministers of the 11 countries involved, including New Zealand’s David Parker, have been meeting on the sidelines of Apec at Danang in Vietnam.

New Zealand wants to drop the provisions on foreign corporations suing governments using overseas tribunals, but Ms Ardern admitted it had been tough going convincing others.

“I don’t want to predict what way it will go. There are a number of issues still on the table. Not all of them are ours.

“We are pursuing our interests but other countries certainly have their issues they continue to pursue. We of course are continuing to focus on both trying to balance our exporters’ needs but also our country’s.”

Ms Ardern doubted a TPP deal could be be done if if there was no agreement today.

But after apparently getting close to agreement there has been a setback. RNZ: ‘It’s not New Zealand holding up the consensus’ – Parker

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been put at peril by one country after leaders came achingly close to striking a deal last night.

Officials are now scrambling to revive the stalled trade pact after a series of meetings in Vietnam.

Mr Parker said Labour had got “some of what we wanted” and the issue had been “improved but not completely resolved”.

“We’ve made it clear that for the future we’re not on for [investor-state dispute settlement] clauses.”

Government leaders will resume their talks this evening New Zealand time.

Speaking in Danang, Trade Minister David Parker said ministers thought a deal had been struck when their meeting finished about 10pm on Thursday night.

But in a “somewhat surprising” development, once it was passed on to officials, it emerged one country was still holding out.

“There was celebratory clapping and back-slapping,” Mr Parker said.

“It was then turned over by ministers to officials … and one of the parties said that they had not reached agreement.”

Mr Parker would not name the country responsible, but denied it was either New Zealand or Canada.

“It’s not New Zealand holding up the consensus. We reached agreement.”

Talks will resume this evening (NZ time) to try and get the agreement over the line,

29 Comments

  1. Gerrit

     /  November 10, 2017

    Wonder if we can expect the protest to block motorways again like the last time the TPP was about to be signed?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11584458

    And will Jacinda Adern have a dildo thrown at her at Waitangi?

    or are the anti TPP protesters going to roll over like hypocrites?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 10, 2017

    Just waiting for all the Lefty outrage when Labour signs this deal. I bet there’s hardly a peep. What a load of wankers they are.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Forget Al said anything too.

    • Blazer

       /  November 10, 2017

      tell me about the benefits of this deal to NZ..Al..bet you can’t.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 10, 2017

        I’m waiting for the Lefties to do that now, B. Looking forward to it. Can you make an attempt? Go on, it won’t hurt much.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      You’re too negative Al. Jacinda & David might have pulled it off & got rid of the Investor Dispute bit, with moving oratory.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 10, 2017

        Probably, G. That’s far more likely than the Left criticising Labour for doing exactly what National was going to do which they’ve been yelling and screaming against for years.

    • What did you expect. All hot air and bull dust

      • Blazer

         /  November 10, 2017

        you tell me about the benefits of the TPP THEN..Al..is googling madly..no diff ..you can’t ..can you?

  3. Lifted from Kiwiblog

    waikatogirl

    David Parker TPP head trade negotiator extraordinaire for the Liabour Pardy, previously totally opposed and marched in the street protests against TPP, is now at APEC to win concessions on TPP so he and the rest of the CoL are not complete hypocrites now signing an agreement in principle. Winnie has also flip-flopped his opposition of the TPP and will help pass this into law. Will the Greens also abandon their principles?

    …And there they are, Winnie with Parker in the front row for the APEC photo with the other delegates. Winston managed to find someone even shorter than himself to stand next to.

    ———————————————————
    hullkiwi

    ..and taxcinda on the plane talking to the media pack down playing her chances to renegotiate terms. So, it looks like she hyped up the spin before she left, is now back tracking, & when she gets a concession, she’ll come back & gloat what a good negotiator am I.
    Please pass the sick bucket & get ready.

    Not much more to say except there’s a blackout at TDB and nothing of consequence at TS

    Unbelievable after years of bitching and moaning

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 10, 2017

      It’s not unbelievable, trav, These people know absolutely nothing except who they are supposed to cheer for and who they hate. Drongos.

    • Blazer

       /  November 10, 2017

      for consistency PG should delete this post..it is counter to every thing he advocates.

      • Corky

         /  November 10, 2017

        Let the truth purify you, Blazer. Nothing wrong with that fine post. It’s just a statement of fact.

        • Blazer

           /  November 10, 2017

          be proud of our new P.M ..Corky..she is a breath of fresh air.

          • Corky

             /  November 10, 2017

            Oh, I agree. I have been most impressed so far. That’s why I believe Bill needs knifing now.

            • Gezza

               /  November 10, 2017

              Just curious. Blazer’s comment yesterday gets deleted for “advocating suicide” re Mike Hosking. Corky’s is still here, tho advocating murder for poor Bill English. ?

            • Conspiratoor

               /  November 10, 2017

              G, perhaps the site moderators have a life away from this site?

            • Gezza

               /  November 10, 2017

              Somebody needs to.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  November 10, 2017

              Agreed G, we all need a life

            • robertguyton

               /  November 10, 2017

              Pete knows Corky’s toothless 🙂

  4. Blazer

     /  November 10, 2017

    so the latest news is Vietnam does not want to be bent ..over..wonderful people who have been bashed for decades.

  5. robertguyton

     /  November 10, 2017

    ““Talks to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact have effectively collapsed after Canada pulled out.

    The talks have be postponed indefinitely.”
    Oh dear! How can we bash Jacinda now???
    Traveller? You’ve mountains of pent-up hatred; where’s that going to go now???

  6. robertguyton

     /  November 10, 2017

    “Just announced on NZ media that Canada and Veitnam have both pulled out of the TPP11

    Jacinda said she was not spendig any more time on this TPP 11 now.

    Going on to APEC meeting now.”
    Oh dear.
    How sad.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      You are sad that she’s going to the APEC meeting? Why?

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Aww. Sweet. Not only did she get a nice portrait but Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO gave her an authographec photo of Kate Sheppard. Corks will be spewing.